Technology is being used to upgrade the humble bandage. Research teams all across the world are developing smarter and more effective wound coverings and dressings, bringing together advances in materials, sensors, tissue engineering, and microelectronics. An overview of the smart bandages of the future:
A Smart bandage incorporating nanotechnology into wound dressings has been developed by a research team, including scientists from Australian Universities. The next-generation bandage can alert a patient or clinician to problems with a wound by changing colour, and can automatically release antibiotics contained within polymer capsules. Connected via Bluetooth to a smartphone, sensors in the bandage can alert a doctor if the bandage needs attention. Lead researcher Professor Nico Voelcker said that the technology relied on tiny sensors able to detect telltale signs of infection, without the need to remove the bandage and compromise healing. The sensors are capable of detecting changes in temperature or pH levels, triggering a change of colour to red. They can also automatically release antibiotics from within polymer capsules. Sensors have also been developed to show when a pressure bandage has loosened. The consortium of experts from Melbourne, Monash, NSW, Queensland and SA Universities, has proved the concept with prototypes in small tests, but they need more funding to proceed with large-scale clinical trials.
Scientists in the UK have designed a new intelligent bandage which can detect how well a wound is healing and send a progress report to the doctor. The bandage, which could be trialled within the next 12 months, uses real-time 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed and also keep track of a patient’s activity levels. It would connect that wound to a 5G infrastructure and that infrastructure through your telephone will also know things about you — where you are, how active you are at any one time. The plaster would help clinicians know the performance of the specific wound at any specific time, who can then tailor the treatment protocol for the individual.
Substitution of traditional materials for medical devices and implants to propel global medical polymers market to 2022
Need to substitute environmentally unfriendly plastics to drive global medical styrenic polymers market
Polymer coatings test for cancer, prevent infections, detect bacterial contamination
Antibiotic-releasing polymer eliminates prosthetic infection, antimicrobial peptide polymers destroy bacteria
Favorable demographics, growing affluence, changing lifestyle to drive global electronics and consumer goods plastics market
Plated plastics market to see significant growth upto 2023 amid strong focus by automobile and electronics manufacturers for aesthetics
Automotive, electrical and electronics market to drive growth of global polycarbonate market
Rising disposable income of end-users and a preference for high-quality products to drive global growth of Organic Electronics Market to 2020
Increasing demand from food packaging, medical and pharmaceutical products to drive growth of thermoformed plastics market
Rising demand for PVC products, auto sector growth, infra development to drive global plasticizers market
Recycling of Mixed Plastics, Foam to Graphene - Rice University
Bio-Based Engineering Plastic Durabio Adopted for the Front Grill of Suzuki S-Cross
Biofunctionalized Plastics - Enzymes Successfully Embedded In Plastics
New Approach to Design Lighter Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics
Scientists at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). Lithuania have created biodegradable plastic, which decays in a compost bin in a couple of years.